All hands on deck!
To banish every last germ, the team doesn’t just wash the glassware, they bake it in an oven or pressure-cook it in an autoclave. This attention to detail and scrupulous cleanliness is essential to the daily running of Britain’s biggest lab.
When handling glassware, it's all about the gloves. Disposable gloves protect the team's hands from contamination and keep clean glass pristine.
Nick Sherwood is a Glasswash Technician, one of a team of twelve. Like all of his colleagues, Nick trained on the job and must maintain the team's high standards every minute of every day. Each technician is responsible for their own set of labs, arriving early to clear the dirty glassware and then clearing the decks again early afternoon. Each day they will run 20 loads through industrial dishwashers.
Tasnim joined the Crick as a BTEC Level 3 Apprentice. This is a two-year course where participants learn on the job within different scientific and technical teams. During her time with Glasswash, Tasnim particularly learnt the importance of high levels of attention to detail.